Poverty Rates Trend Lower
Poverty rates declined last year for both the overall southwestern Pennsylvania population and among children in the region, according to... More
Drilling For Answers
Understanding the public health impact of fracking slowly gains ground Well pads, compressor stations, diesel truck traffic. Hydraulic fracturing, or... More
Low Unemployment, But Fewer Workers
There’s good news and bad news for southwestern Pennsylvania when it comes to the latest unemployment data. The good news... More
Energy's Big Shift
Shale gas overtakes coal, but is it an environmentally kinder fuel? A decade ago, as Consol Energy’s 150th anniversary drew... More
Job Growth Up, But Not Dramatically
Southwestern Pennsylvania added 17,200 jobs between September 2016 and September 2017, according to data from the Bureau of Labor statistics released Friday.... More
Cost of Living Still Stable, Despite Vitality Uptick
Despite the luxury condos popping up near Bakery Square and the nationally noted restaurants opening downtown, Pittsburgh remains a relatively affordable... More
Petrochemical Corridor Moves Forward
Researchers have identified underground structures in southwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia suitable for a natural gas storage hub, a... More
Sustainability Watch The City of Pittsburgh and region have made important strides toward a future built around a sustainable... More
Sustainability Watch: Internet Access
The digital divide is narrowing in Western Pennsylvania, if only slightly. Fewer people in the Pittsburgh MSA reported a lack... More
Pittsburgh’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased 0.1 percent and had the second-smallest rate of growth from 2015 to 2016. Pittsburgh’s per capita real GDP saw the third-smallest year-over-year growth of...
Metropolitan Pittsburgh’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 1.2 percent from 6.0 percent in September 2016 to 4.8 percent in September 2017. During that period, the number of people in the...
Crime rates in the Pittsburgh MSA tend to be lower than those in most of our benchmark regions. In 2016, the Pittsburgh MSA ranked as the safest metro area among...